Here’s The Secret To A Longer, Healthier Life: Always Stay Hydrated!

Here’s The Secret To A Longer, Healthier Life: Always Stay Hydrated! By Chris Melore for Natural Blaze

GNN Note – Note to self…drink more water every day. / END

Drinking more water each day could be the secret to aging slower and living longer. A new study has found that people who stay hydrated suffer from fewer chronic illnesses and have longer lifespans than those who don’t get enough fluids.

The findings come from a 30-year review of 11,255 adults, who had their serum sodium levels measured at various points over that period. Serum sodium goes up when a person’s fluid intake goes down. Simply put, if you’re dehydrated, your serum sodium levels increase.

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The team from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute found that serum sodium levels at the higher end of the normal range for people showed signs of accelerated biological aging. They were also more likely develop chronic conditions such as heart and lung disease. Additionally, these individuals were more likely to die at younger ages.

“The results suggest that proper hydration may slow down aging and prolong a disease-free life,” says study author Natalia Dmitrieva, Ph.D., a researcher in the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in a media release.

When does serum sodium reach a danger point?

Researchers say elevated levels fall between 135 and 146 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L). People in this higher-but-still-normal range displayed signs of aging faster than those with lower serum sodium levels and those who regularly drank more water.

For participants with a serum sodium level above 142 mEq/L, they had a 10 to 15-percent higher chance of being biologically older than their chronological age (their actual birthdate) than those with levels between 137 and 142 mEq/L. Those who had a serum sodium level above 144 mEq/L had a 50-percent chance of aging faster.

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